New brass question

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by jbo, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    I bought new Nosler brass and have worked up a load using thirty pieces. My

    question, would it be more accurate to use the new unfired brass for my

    hunting loads or the fired brass. The brass has been fired four times.

    Although not a custom barrel wouldn't the fired brass some what chamber

    form?

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. 260shooter

    260shooter Well-Known Member

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    When the brass is fired in your chamber it takes the shape of that chamber. If you neck size the case will still be a perfect fit for your chamber. If you full length size the brass with out tweaking the FL die you start from zero.

    So I guess my question is, do you full length size or neck size?

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  3. 338 LEGEND

    338 LEGEND Well-Known Member

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    The fired brass is fire formed. What die are you using to size your brass? if you are using a full length die you will want to back it off so that your shell holder does not touch the bottom of the die. You can use a feeler gauge to set it. I would use .010 to .015 gauge. this will let you size the neck without full length sizing your brass. after about three fireings you will have to bump the shoulder back. you can do this by setting you die back down or buy using a thinner gauge untill the case goes in the chamber with the feel you are looking for. Every thing being equal if you can set you brass up right fired brass should work the best. Hope this helps.
     
  4. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the information,

    I'm using RCBS dies and will do what you suggested, makes sence.

    Any advice on what the best dies to use would be appreciated.
     
  5. Winchester 69

    Winchester 69 Well-Known Member

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    If you're producing straight ammo, the dies you're using are fine.
     
  6. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    They do seem fine but just wondering what is considered the LEXUS of dies.

    I no longer use Cadillac as a refer :)


    Thanks
     
  7. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Redding and Forster are top of the line. I also use Lee, Hornady, Dillon and RCBS, it all depends on what I'm loading for and what I'm trying to accomplish. For most applications, any die will do. If I had a new rifle that I wanted to get the most out of, I'd likely start with Redding dies.

    If I already had a set of dies, I'd buy a set of Calipers and the Hornady headspace gauge set to make sure I was setting up the die correctly before I spent additional money on a new set of dies.

    AJ
     
  8. jbo

    jbo Well-Known Member

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    Thanks AJ, I'm ordering a headspace gauge today.

    JBO